On May 30th – June 2nd Apple Vacations hosted their annual Crystal Agency Retreat in Cabo San Lucas at the Secrets Marquis. The annual Crystal Agency Retreat is a once a year special occasion trip that Apple Vacations provides to their nationwide top travel agencies. As Apple Vacations number one nationwide booking agency, Dream Vacations is what Apple refers to as their “National Crystal Agency.”
First things first, from the time we checked in until the time we checked out, the staff and service within the Secrets Marquis was amazing. My favorite employee was Maruicio who works in the Baracuda bar/restaurant area. Thank you Maruicio for all of your hard work and for your company. After our initial meet and greet with the resort staff we were taken to our room, or shall I say taken to our sanctuary! I have traveled to many all inclusive resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean but I have never stayed in such a nice room as the Caista Suites at the Secrets Marquis. Our room was a full two room suite, two bathrooms, living room, dinig room, full service kitchen area, plunge pool just outside the patio steps AND an additional roof top pool for us and the guests above us to share. We did see the more “standard” rooms in property called Junior Suites Ocean View/Ocean Front and those rooms are also very large and elegant. The views from the top floor Ocean Front rooms would be perfect in November – April for whale watching in Cabo.
As far as the dining in property, this resort is fairly new as a Secrets Property (formerly managed as Marquis Los Cabos as a non-all inclusive resort) so the resort staff is working to improve the dinning options. As of right now, they have one main restaurant for al a carte dinning in the evening as well as two small out door dinning areas for lunch. The food was great every time! One of my favorite meals was during lunch, I simply had a fish sandwich which was made with seabass and it was fantastic. Once again the wait staff was wonderful during breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our first night in property consisted of a private dinner with our agency Dream Vacations along with two other agency owners along with upper level Apple Vacations Management.
The weather in Cabo is perfect! Did you know…. Cabo San Lucas only received 2 days of rain in all of 2011! Amazing right? How can it be so beautiful yet receive no rain? Some resorts such as the Secrets Marquis use the ocean water as the water used in property for many things (not drinking obviously). The resort has a purification system on site that is used to turn the salt water into usable water for the resort. Now if only more golf courses down there would do the same! Secrets Marquis is working toward becoming an Eco Friendly resort and they hope to achieve this distinction within the next year.
During our stay Apple Vacations also offered us many excursion options to do during our stay such as Zip Lines, Shopping/City Tour, Bar Hopping Tour as well as the Royal Swim with Dolphins. I had swam with dolphins once before
in Cancun but my wife had never swam with dolphins (she was a little nervous). During our dolphin swim which lasted about an hour and half, we were able to “dance, hug and kiss” the dolphins before heading out in kayaks where the dolphins swam around us, jumped over our oars and we ended our day with a “superman dolphin push.” I will be sure to add more about the dolphins later!
Thank you again to Apple Vacations, AM Resorts and Amstar for all of the hard work they put into making this trip one my best ever vacations. I look forward to seeing the group again next year and Dream Vacations looks forward to once again being Apple Vacations National Crystal Agency for years to come!